Sale of pepper spray shot up in 24 hours, say distributors

Hours after news of the rape of the photojournalist spread, orders started flowing in for distributors of pepper and chilli sprays here. Some companies claim that sales of these products have increased substantially in the past 24 hours.

Rana Singh, founder and owner of a Bangalore-based company of pepper spray, said his company has received an order of over 1,000 units from Mumbai Friday. "There is always a reaction period after a particular incident. During this time we get many calls and orders."

"It is legal to carry these for self-defence," said Rahul Khanapurkar, associated with a Mumbai-based company of chilli spray. He added that the sale of these products of have gone up by 5 per cent after the Mumbai gangrape.

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